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Friday, June 01, 2007

How to easily tweak your IE7 to make it Load Pages Faster?

This is a simple method on how to easily increase your Internet Explorer 7’s connection limit from 2 to 16 which increases the speed at which many of your web pages load.

When you connect to a website your computer establishes connections with the web server(s). One connection might be a graphics server, another connection may be an ad server and so on. Once the connection has received what it asked for, it is disconnected and used for something else.

By default IE7 is set to only be able to open 2 or 4 connections at a time. If you have broadband and you use tabs in IE7 or you visit sites that use lots of connections this tweak will increase the speed of IE7 by a pretty considerable amount.

You might be wondering “Why don’t they just set IE7 to use 16 connections by default instead of 2?If everyone who uses IE would use 16 connections it would slow down the internet. The low number of connections set by default is like a throttle being held back so the internet doesn’t slow down and to keep web servers from getting bogged down from many connections by only a few users.

How to Increase your Connections To 16?
Open notepad and paste the code below(in red) in it.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings]
“MaxConnectionsPerServer”=dword:00000010
“MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server”=dword:0000010


Save the file by clicking save as, change Save as type to All Files, name the file something like jsietweak.reg. Don’t forget to add .reg to the file to make it a registry key.

PS: This regkey works on all Internet Explorer's IE5+ and on all versions of Windows.

Don’t expect your internet speed to double or anything like that. This tweak will make most advanced sites load a little quicker. If you’re using tabs this tweak will let IE7 load multiple tabs quicker also.

8 comments:

  1. Shypy said,

    you should not do this if you are on broadband - you're getting good enough speeds already...let the max connection pipelining be for dialup users.

    It is common nettequite to to change the max connections settings in either IE or FireFox.

    on 6/02/2007 8:15 PM


  2. JASON S said,

    Thanks for your thoughts Shypy - much appreciated.

    Cheers!!
    Jason

    on 6/02/2007 9:40 PM


  3. Jennifer said,

    Okay once you save it, then what do you do with it?

    on 6/13/2007 2:50 AM


  4. JASON S said,

    Hi Jennifer,

    Once you save it, you will find the web pages to load faster in Internet Explorer 7.

    Cheers!!
    Jason

    on 6/13/2007 1:22 PM


  5. nick t said,

    Shypy, you should definately do this if you're on broadband...it's a hangover from dialup days and I can't believe they haven't upped the default limit.

    An uncommon (but definately possible) example to illustrate why - if a site with "streaming" videos is not actually streaming and there's three videos playing/buffering/loading on the screen, you're browser will not load anything further until all 3 videos have completely loaded - which could take an hour, even on broadband.

    If a site has problems with too many people downloading too many files at once, it's easy enough for them to limit the connections per user on the server.

    on 2/21/2008 1:03 PM


  6. Anonymous said,

    Jennifer, once you save it you then double click the icon wherever you saved it. It will ask you if you really want to change the registry blah blah it'd dangerous blah blah... click yes. Then you should be set.

    on 12/09/2008 9:18 AM


  7. Nunga said,

    Can this be used on IE8?

    on 7/05/2009 5:32 AM


  8. JASON S said,

    Sure Nunga - You can use it on IE8 too.

    Cheers!!
    Jason

    on 7/05/2009 1:26 PM